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Hunting in Kaitoke

Hunting in Kaitoke

Updated 8 October 2018 11:48am

Hunters are welcome in much of Kaitoke Regional Park to help control deer, goats and pigs which harm native plants and wildlife. A hunting permit is required.

Located in the southern foothills of the Tararua Ranges, Kaitoke Regional Park covers approximately 2,860 hectares and contains nearly 2,500 hectares of mature native forest.

The park is comprised of steep, bush-clad hills, the Hutt River gorge and centuries-old rata, rimu and beech forest. Back-country camping is permitted within the designated hunting area.

  • On the true right (North) of the Hutt River gorge 
  • At least 200m away from roads, tracks and private land boundaries in the designated hunting area
  • During daylight hours only. Absolutely no spotlighting
  • Always obtain permission from landowners if you intend to cross private land

Hunting Permit

A permit is needed to hunt in Kaitoke Regional Park’s designated hunting area. You must show this permit if asked by a Greater Wellington Regional Council authorised officer. 

Apply online to get a hunting permit for Kaitoke/Pakuratahi Forest and Akatarawa. A separate permit is required to hunt in the Hutt Water Collection Area:

  • There is no charge for a permit
  • Permits are issued by the Regional Council for use in the Akatarawa Forest, Kaitoke Regional Park and Pakuratahi Forest designated areas
  • Permits are valid for six months
  • You will need to supply your firearms licence number. Hunting bows must have a minimum draw weight of 18kg (40lb).

Hunting with dogs

Hunting dogs must be registered and the details lodged with the Greater Wellington Regional Council when applying for your permit. You may take up to three dogs per permit holder into the park. Please report any lost hunting dogs to the Regional Council’s Upper Hutt office as soon as possible.

Taking care of the park

  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Keep rivers and streams clean. Bury toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from waterways. Dispose of carcasses and offal at least 50 metres away from streams.
  • Do not remove, disturb or damage native plants or animals
  • Don't light fires and take care with portable stoves, matches and cigarettes
  • Park your vehicle clear of gateways and don't block access roads.

Pest Management

Parts of this area will have regular biodiversity monitoring and pest plant/animal control operations taking place. Please do not interfere with any markers, plot pegs, monitoring devices, traps or bait stations. Adhere to any warning signs posted.

Hunting Safety

Please keep in mind that a lot of people use our regional parks:

  • Identify your target beyond any doubt
  • Treat every firearm as loaded
  • Always point firearms in a safe direction
  • Load a firearm only when you are ready to fire
  • Check your firing zone
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when using firearms
  • Store firearms and ammunition safely
  • Safety in the outdoors

    Many hunting areas are isolated, rugged and exposed to high winds. There may be few formed tracks or market and maintained routes. We live in Wellington so we shouldn't need to remind you that weather conditions in our parks and forests are changeable.

    Remember to: 
    • Take a wind and waterproof jacket and wear layers of clothing that can be taken off or on as you need. Always carry enough clothes for cold conditions
    • Take ample high-energy food, drinking water, map (NZ Topographic 5D-BR32 Paraparaumu), compass or GPS and a first aid kit. Take a phone but be aware that you may not get mobile phone coverage everywhere in our parks. We recommend carrying an emergency locator beacon
    • Do not attempt to cross flooded streams. Be prepared to wait if conditions become dangerous
    • Let someone know where you are going and what time you intend to be back - they can raise the alarm if you don't arrive as expected
    • Check weather forecast before leaving

     Designated Hunting Area Map